Saturday, May 28, 2011

Links! Harry Potter, bats and disasters

Wow, this open letter from Alan Rickman upon the end of the Harry Potter movie series is pretty awesome.

Oh my, if you thought you were having a bad day, you should read about author Robin McKinley's day. It involves 410 (yes, 410) bats in her attic. (But it also involves a note from Elizabeth Moon . . . so it can't be all bad.)

These maps of the US that show the likelihood of various disasters in different regions of the country are interesting. My question is: why is there a spot in the middle of the country that's prone to earthquakes? I understand why the states on the Rim of Fire are prone to them, but what's that hot spot near western Tennesee?

Peace of Christ to you,

Jessica Snell


miriam said...

I should know about western TN since I live there! There is a "Earthquake research center" that is part of the University of Memphis. So I knew this area was 'prone' to earthquakes, though I have not heard of any (right now we've had flooding and risk of tornadoes). I am going to have to find out!

Amanda said...

THe New Madrid fault runs from SE Missouri down to W Tennessee. It is so powerful that around 1809 it made the Mississippi River flow backwards creating a huge lake called Reelfoot. The area was very sparsely populated at the time, so I don't theink there are reliable casualty reports. No tall buildings, anyway...

Love your blog!

Jessica said...

Thanks, Miriam and Amanda! I am educated now. :)